Explosion targeted the city's government-controlled Armenian district, which is home to mostly Christians and Alawites.
Scheduled Beirut-Baghdad jet forced back to Lebanon mid-flight after minister's son misses his boarding time.
Legislation paves the way for an official announcement on date and terms, with military chief Sisi expected to run.
Interior ministry says children hurt in same village where policemen were killed by a bomb earlier this week.
GCC states say move is to protect "security and stability", claiming Qatar did not sign pact on non-interference.
Report says Cairo police use excessive force when 624 people died on one day last August, but says they were provoked.
All parties focused on job of dismantling chemical stockpile, OPCW-UN mission head says, as US criticises Assad regime.
UN condemns what it calls Syria government "starvation until submission" campaign, saying 250,000 people are trapped.
Tehran says it has perfected multiple-warhead, medium-range ballistic missiles designed specifically to hit US bases.
Yemen official says attack by US aircraft in the Khalka area of Jawf province killed a local leader and three others.
Military says it stopped ship in the Red Sea carrying Syrian "advanced weaponry" being shipped from Iran to Gaza.
The area around Arsal has long been home to smuggling routes used by opposition forces to move fighters and weapons.
At least 12 people have been killed in a series of explosions, mainly targeting Shia majority areas of Baghdad.
Assets seized and offices ordered shut, as court bans all activities of group that runs neighbouring Gaza Strip.
Activists say about 100 people have died of hunger or hunger-related illnesses since Yarmouk blockade began a year ago.